In the race for insurance commissioner, state Sen. Ralph Hudgens led attorney Maria Sheffield with 55 percent of the vote. The two emerged from a crowded, nine-person GOP primary in the campaign to succeed John Oxendine, who also decided to run for governor.
The two Republicans have promised to be a stumbling block to Obama's sweeping health care plan. They vowed to build on Oxendine's decision earlier this year to refuse to set up a state insurance pool for high-risk Georgians who have been uninsured for at least six months as part of the overhaul.
The winner of Tuesday's runoff will face Democrat Mary Squires, who ran unopposed in her party's primary.
The race for an open seat on the Public Service Commission has attracted little attention, but the complicated issues that come before the five-member board are worth billions of dollars to utilities and directly affect the everyday lives of Georgia residents.
Conservative activist Tim Echols opened an early lead against state Sen. John Douglas, as unofficial returns showed him capturing 52 percent of the vote.
Both candidates said they will fight to protect consumer rights and work to maintain reasonable utility rates. The winner will face Democrat Keith Moffett in November to take the seat held by the retiring Bobby Baker, widely known as the panel's most vocal consumer advocate.